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The Art of Being Alone with God Part 3

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August 13, 2019
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Creflo Dollar

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The Art of Being Alone with God Part 3

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  • Creflo Dollar: Let me tell you something.
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  • When you have a personal relationship with Jesus and you
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  • go to him and you're waiting for him, you're waiting for him
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  • to receive from him, right?
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  • What does he say?
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  • There are two things he's gonna tell you.
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  • Number one, he's gonna tell you something to do.
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  • Number two, then he gonna tell you nothing to do.
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  • So you gotta figure out which one he's saying.
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  • Am I to do something, am I to do nothing?
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  • awesome and you always get a good message
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  • that comes breakthrough.
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  • This is your world
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  • so let's vow to make it a better place.
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  • Let every heart that needs to know your love
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  • is here to stay
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  • It's time we live a new life.
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  • Let his love shine bright in you.
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  • We're saved by his grace.
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  • Oh, we embrace your love today.
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  • We are changed.
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  • Creflo: How many of you want God to go to work for you?
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  • He says, "I'll go to work for somebody who will look
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  • to me first.
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  • I'll go to work for somebody who will look to me," he says,
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  • "I will be active in the life of a person who comes to me
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  • for consultation.
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  • The guy who says, you know, "I'm in trouble," and the first thing
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  • he does is, "God!"
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  • And God says, "Ooh, they came to me first.
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  • They didn't try to do it.
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  • They came to me first.
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  • They didn't try to work it out.
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  • Ooh, they came to me.
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  • Oh, now, all that I have prepared specifically, I
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  • prepared these things for those who look to me first."
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  • There's some stuff you don't get for trying to handle it
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  • on your own.
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  • But when you decide, "You know what?
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  • I know I'm in trouble but I need to go and find out what God
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  • want me to do first.
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  • Yeah, I know that's available but there are some things
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  • available to me by God first.
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  • I want God to work for me, praise the Lord.
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  • I don't wanna get a good idea.
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  • I want a God idea.
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  • A God idea is anointed, it'll work.
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  • A good idea I got to pray for God to anoint it.
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  • I don't want no more good ideas.
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  • I wanna look to God.
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  • I wanna pursue him before I pursue any human aid," and God
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  • says, "When you do that, those who do that I will work for them
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  • and I will be active on their behalf."
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  • Man, that's powerful. "I will be active."
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  • Well, reason why people don't pursue him because they think
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  • just the very opposite.
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  • "God's not gonna do anything.
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  • Why am I gonna waste my time pursuing him?"
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  • And this is what people who are frustrated and in fear think.
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  • "Why should I take time to go to God?
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  • He ain't gonna do nothing.
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  • I mean, you know, you can't even see him."
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  • Now we really see where you are.
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  • Oh God, I think I need to do this.
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  • Wouldn't even open your mouth to pray.
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  • Wouldn't even ask him.
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  • You know, I can understand if you've--if you pursued him first
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  • and he didn't come through, but most of the issues that we're in
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  • today hadn't even--the thought hadn't even crossed our mind
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  • to consult him first.
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  • There's a Scripture we'll read a little later on about God was
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  • saying, you know, "They trusted in horses and chariots and the
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  • military, they trusted in the power and might that they saw,"
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  • and then he came on down there and he says, "Yeah,
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  • but all those soldiers, they're not God, and I am."
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  • And he said, "The horses? They're flesh, not spirit."
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  • And he says, "So here's what I'm gonna do.
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  • I'm gonna take those of you who quickly trusted in men and I'm
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  • gonna take those that you knew and that worked on your behalf
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  • and both of y'all gon' fall.
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  • Now what?"
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  • So what do you do when you decide to consult men and when
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  • you consult 'em, it didn't work and you fell and they fell?
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  • That's happened a lot.
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  • You went and consulted a doctor and I'm not--I ain't nothing
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  • against a doctor but you ought to talk to God.
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  • You consulted a doctor.
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  • It didn't work with him and then you suffered as well.
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  • There are lots of things you consulted in this human realm
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  • and it didn't work.
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  • And fear's just--fear says, "Go to the thing you can see."
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  • And God said, "And had they known me, they would have
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  • known that this was a piece of cake with me.
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  • They'd have known I already did this.
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  • I've already opened up a Red Sea.
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  • I've already--I've already dried the ground out.
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  • I've already caused water to come out of a rock.
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  • I've already opened blinded eyes.
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  • I've already healed the sick.
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  • I've already raised the dead.
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  • And everything else you consulted, ain't none of that
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  • happened with them.
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  • And you wouldn't even just--you wouldn't even talk to me."
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  • Ooh, let me--I wasn't planning on doing this but let's go to
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  • Isaiah 31, verse 1, and I wanna look at it in the King James,
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  • Amplified, and Message.
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  • "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on
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  • horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in
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  • horsemen, because they are very strong," this is why you trust
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  • and look to them, "but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel,
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  • neither seek the Lord!"
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  • 2, verse 2: "Yet he also is wise, and he will bring evil,
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  • and will not call back his words: but will arise against
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  • the horses of the evildoers, and against the help of them
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  • that work iniquity."
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  • 3: "Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; their horses flesh,
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  • and not spirit.
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  • When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth
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  • shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down,
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  • and they all shall fail together."
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  • Now look at this in the Amplified.
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  • Same verse of Scripture, Isaiah 31:1 through 3.
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  • And then we'll see The Message.
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  • "Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on
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  • horses and trust in chariots because they are many and in
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  • horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not to
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  • the Holy One of Israel, nor seek and consult the Lord!
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  • And yet he is wise and brings calamity and does not retract
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  • his words; he will arise against the horse--the house (the whole
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  • race) of evildoers and against the helpers of those
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  • who work iniquity."
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  • 3: "Now the Egyptians are men and not God, their horses are
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  • flesh and not spirit; and when he, the Lord, stretches out his
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  • hand, both [Egypt] who helps will stumble, and [Judah] who is
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  • helped will fall, and they will all perish and
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  • be consumed together."
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  • Now look at this in The Message, last one.
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  • The Message, Isaiah 31, verses 1 through 3: "Doom to those who go
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  • off to Egypt thinking that horses can help them, impressed
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  • by military mathematics, awed by sheer numbers of chariots
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  • and riders--and to The Holy of Israel, not even a glance,
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  • not so much as a prayer to God.
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  • Still, he must be reckoned with, a most wise God who knows
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  • what he's doing.
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  • He can call down catastrophe.
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  • He's a God who does what he says.
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  • He intervenes in the work of those who do wrong, he stands up
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  • against interfering evildoers.
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  • Egyptians are mortal, not God, and their horses
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  • are flesh, not Spirit.
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  • When God gives the signal, helpers and helped alike
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  • will fall in a heap and share the same dirt grave."
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  • Hoo, because we don't seek after him.
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  • Look at Psalms 34 and 5 in the New Living Translation
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  • real quick and then I'll get back to this.
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  • Psalms 35 in the New Living--Psalms 35--34,
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  • Psalms 34:5 in the New Living Translation.
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  • It's a simple message that will have great turnaround in your
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  • life: "Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
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  • no shadow of shame will darken their faces."
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  • So when trouble shows up will you wait for the Lord?
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  • Will you consult him before you pursue human aid?
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  • For it's not a waste of time.
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  • God is not going to allow you to waste your time when you
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  • look and search for him.
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  • Now, no Christian can accomplish any great thing for God without
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  • learning the art of being alone.
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  • No Christian can accomplish any great thing for God
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  • without learning the art of being alone.
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  • I am telling you there are some things that happen when you
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  • are alone with God that don't happen at any other time.
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  • Let's look at some of these Scriptures real quick.
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  • Hebrews chapter 4:16 and then Matthew 6 and 6.
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  • Hebrews chapter 4:16 and Matthew 6 and 6.
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  • Now we're doing a broad look at the New Testament and let's see
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  • this idea of a relationship with God giving birth to some things.
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  • Hebrews 4:16: "Let us therefore come boldly unto
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  • the throne of grace."
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  • Look where you go when you're in trouble.
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  • Look where you go when you're in trouble.
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  • "That we might obtain mercy, and find grace," to do what?
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  • "To help in a time of need."
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  • My focus is look at where you go when you're in trouble.
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  • Look at where you go when you're in trouble.
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  • We're going to him first.
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  • He says, "There--"
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  • He says, "There's a place to go first in a time of need.
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  • Go to the throne of grace in a time of need.
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  • Seek him."
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  • Now look at Matthew 6:6.
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  • Matthew 6 and 6.
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  • "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,"
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  • in the closet you're alone, right, with God?
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  • "And when thou hast shut thy door," indicating you're alone
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  • with God, "pray to the Father which is in secret."
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  • Secret, you're alone with God.
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  • "And thy Father which seeth in secret," he's there with you,
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  • you're alone with God.
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  • But look what he does.
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  • Look what he does as a result of you practicing the art of being
  • 00:11:39.170 --> 00:11:42.070
  • alone with God: "He shall reward you openly."
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  • So what you do when nobody's looking is going to produce
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  • proof of your alone time with God for they will all then see,
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  • they will all see.
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  • God'll show every--see, your private time should determine
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  • your public time.
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  • But we've reversed it.
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  • We do a lot of stuff in public that we need to do in private.
  • 00:12:10.280 --> 00:12:15.080
  • Can't hardly hit a sermon because you busy trying to
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  • demonstrate to everybody that you got a relationship
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  • with God in public.
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  • "Yes, sir, Pastor.
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  • Ooh, yes, sir. Ooh, yeah."
  • 00:12:22.120 --> 00:12:23.260
  • [speaking in tongues]
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  • "Shush, shush, shush, shut up.
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  • Do that in private so I can hear.
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  • Do it in private.
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  • So you come up here, dancing in front of everybody.
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  • Did you dance in the closet this morning, what I wanna know?"
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:38.090
  • See, what you do in public, what you do in public, gotta be
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  • careful 'cause you might end up getting your reward
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  • publicly as well.
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  • You ain't got to try to prove to everybody in public, you know,
  • 00:12:49.090 --> 00:12:51.210
  • how--you can't do that.
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  • It won't work anyway.
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:54.260
  • You're trying to show me the awesomeness of your personal
  • 00:12:54.270 --> 00:12:57.100
  • relationship with God in public.
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  • If you'll do what you need to do in private, that comes out
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  • by the hand of God publicly.
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  • Everybody gon' look at you and be able to say,
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  • "They've been with Jesus."
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:09.250
  • But that's what church has become.
  • 00:13:09.260 --> 00:13:12.270
  • It's become a public exhibition of our religion which now turns
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  • my stomach 'cause I got a question.
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  • Why you got--why you gotta do that here?
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  • You know, something that should be done in private.
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  • We just do some weird stuff in public and that's--that
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:33.270
  • just turns people off.
  • 00:13:33.280 --> 00:13:35.140
  • They're, like, "If I get saved, 'Am I gonna be like that?'
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  • 'Cause if I gotta be like that, I can't do that."
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:41.110
  • And then they'll tell you, "You know, you can't help
  • 00:13:41.120 --> 00:13:42.270
  • but the Holy Ghost come on you.
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  • He'll make you do that, yah, yah, yah, yeah.
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  • Yah-ha-ha. The Holy Ghost gonna make me?
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  • I gotta do all that? Now, Pastor, you--"
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:52.140
  • No, no, no, no, no, the spirit of prophet is
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:55.000
  • subject to the prophet.
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  • Don't come telling me you doing something you can't help do.
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:13:58.250
  • "Yee-haw."
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  • You-- "Ah, hah-ha."
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  • Stop it.
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  • Now, I ain't got no problem with that.
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  • You do all that.
  • 00:14:06.190 --> 00:14:08.040
  • I ain't got no problem with that but I'm just saying, "Stop it.
  • 00:14:08.050 --> 00:14:09.210
  • Don't you dare say you out of control and God making
  • 00:14:09.220 --> 00:14:13.000
  • you do that."
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:14.100
  • [speaking in tongues]
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  • You know, how you doing?
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:18.090
  • "Thank you. You know, God is really good.
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:20.070
  • You know, last--" [speaking in tongues]
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  • Don't do that. Don't you do that.
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  • That ain't God, ain't nowhere near no God.
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  • You don't have a personal relationship 'cause if you had a
  • 00:14:32.140 --> 00:14:33.270
  • personal relationship, he would tell you, you don't realize how
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:36.170
  • you making me look when you do that.
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:43.140
  • Now, some of you will get offended at that, and I'm not
  • 00:14:45.020 --> 00:14:47.190
  • trying to offend anybody but I'm just saying,
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:49.250
  • "What are you doing privately?"
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  • Here's the deal, are you satisfied with the amount
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:54.110
  • of time that you have spent with Jesus?
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:58.030
  • Before you get up and talk about how that you did that and it
  • 00:14:58.040 --> 00:14:59.250
  • didn't work, you know how you talk to people and you give them
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:01.160
  • spiritual advice and then they tell you, "Well, I know, I go to
  • 00:15:01.170 --> 00:15:04.180
  • church, I listen to the Word every day, but I'm still
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:08.260
  • got all these issues."
  • 00:15:08.270 --> 00:15:10.130
  • Uh-uh-uh, no.
  • 00:15:10.140 --> 00:15:12.010
  • No, no, no, 'cause this Bible works, okay?
  • 00:15:12.020 --> 00:15:14.130
  • If you tell me you do all of that, you tell me you do all
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:16.240
  • that and you still the way you are, something wrong
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:19.260
  • and it's not with God.
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:21.140
  • See, when you say that you're saying something wrong with God.
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:23.220
  • When you say that you're saying, "I did the Word, I spent time
  • 00:15:23.230 --> 00:15:25.250
  • praying, I did everything you preached."
  • 00:15:25.260 --> 00:15:28.000
  • That's a lie.
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:29.190
  • "I did everything you preach and ain't nothing worked yet."
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  • You didn't tell me about Frank.
  • 00:15:36.020 --> 00:15:37.190
  • I mean, you ain't married to him but you and Frank been doing--
  • 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:40.060
  • "Yeah."
  • 00:15:40.070 --> 00:15:44.230
  • You didn't tell me about the offense you've been carrying for
  • 00:15:44.240 --> 00:15:46.070
  • the last 30 years, who has offended you
  • 00:15:46.080 --> 00:15:48.080
  • and blocked your anointing.
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:51.290
  • Don't you dare try to make it seem like God's the failure.
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:57.220
  • And all you have to do is ask yourself, "Am I satisfied with
  • 00:15:57.230 --> 00:16:01.170
  • the amount of time that I have been spending with God?"
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:06.050
  • Most of the time when those situations arise, you are not
  • 00:16:06.060 --> 00:16:09.060
  • gonna say, "Yes, I am," because it ain't nowhere near intimate.
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:14.250
  • The time you do spend with him is, you know, we can't even get
  • 00:16:14.260 --> 00:16:17.250
  • past the emotions first before you can hear God.
  • 00:16:17.260 --> 00:16:20.200
  • Most of it is just, like, "Oh, you gotta help me, Jesus.
  • 00:16:20.210 --> 00:16:23.060
  • Help me, Jesus. Help me, Jesus.
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  • [sobbing] Oh, God, God.
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:28.290
  • I've tried [wailing]."
  • 00:16:29.000 --> 00:16:34.100
  • Okay, now when you get all of that out the way, then he can
  • 00:16:34.190 --> 00:16:40.050
  • start ministering to you, but you still cluttered
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:43.120
  • with all of that.
  • 00:16:43.130 --> 00:16:47.040
  • The other Wednesday I came home and I was hungry.
  • 00:16:47.050 --> 00:16:53.250
  • And so I started complaining about being hungry.
  • 00:16:53.260 --> 00:16:59.000
  • And Taffi said, "Well, don't complain."
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:01.140
  • And I thought, "Well, it is complaining," but I was trying
  • 00:17:01.150 --> 00:17:04.230
  • to figure out how to get back, like, and then I
  • 00:17:04.240 --> 00:17:10.200
  • said something else.
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:12.050
  • "Well, I'd like to have--"
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:13.190
  • and she said, "Well, that's still complaining."
  • 00:17:13.200 --> 00:17:18.220
  • So even if I say I'm--whatever I say, it's still complaining.
  • 00:17:19.290 --> 00:17:24.190
  • So, like a kid, I just sat there and folded my arms because
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:30.030
  • I couldn't think of anything that would come out of my mouth
  • 00:17:30.040 --> 00:17:32.270
  • except it still be complaining.
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:35.260
  • And I'm thinking, "This, you know," and then I think I closed
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:43.040
  • up with, "Well, I'm hungry."
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:45.110
  • And you know what?
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:46.260
  • "That's still complaining.
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:49.200
  • Either you go in there and find some seeds or something
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:53.240
  • or shut up complaining."
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:57.080
  • And I think that's how a lot of us, we approach God and you're
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:18:01.220
  • still--you still don't have a relationship with him.
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:06.250
  • You wanna make it seem like you do but I'm talking about
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:09.270
  • you're talking to him when there is no trouble.
  • 00:18:09.280 --> 00:18:15.000
  • In trouble or out of trouble, you have
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:16.190
  • a relationship with him.
  • 00:18:16.200 --> 00:18:18.110
  • Not just when you're in trouble.
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:20.290
  • God's not a genie.
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:22.270
  • Summon him when trouble in your way and you got to cry sometime.
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:28.200
  • So much trouble.
  • 00:18:28.210 --> 00:18:30.090
  • You got to cry sometime.
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:32.140
  • My God, we call that a Christian song.
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:33.240
  • Lay awake at night and then you say it's all right?
  • 00:18:33.250 --> 00:18:39.180
  • "But I know that Jesus, Jesus, he will fix it."
  • 00:18:39.190 --> 00:18:43.190
  • Well, the problem with that, he already fixed it.
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:46.120
  • You waiting on him to fix what he's already fixed.
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:52.260
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:18:53.000 --> 00:18:54.100
  • When you have a personal relationship with Jesus and you
  • 00:18:54.110 --> 00:18:55.240
  • go to him and you're waiting for him, all right, you're waiting
  • 00:18:55.250 --> 00:18:58.130
  • for him to receive from him, right?
  • 00:18:58.140 --> 00:19:01.060
  • What does he say?
  • 00:19:01.070 --> 00:19:02.220
  • There are two things he's gonna tell you.
  • 00:19:02.230 --> 00:19:04.050
  • Number one, he's gonna tell you something to do.
  • 00:19:04.060 --> 00:19:06.020
  • Number two, then he gonna tell you nothing to do.
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:09.230
  • So you gotta figure out which one he's saying.
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:11.180
  • Am I to do something, am I to do nothing?
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:15.030
  • 'Cause when you try to do something when he says,
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:16.250
  • "Do nothing," or when you try to do nothing when he says
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:20.040
  • do something, you follow what I'm saying?
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:23.100
  • And a lot of us miss it.
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.230
  • We heard "Africa," and then we moved there and we transferred
  • 00:19:24.240 --> 00:19:27.170
  • our family there and then all of a sudden hell broke loose
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:30.280
  • and then we said, "God, what happened?"
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:33.110
  • He said, "I said, 'Africa.'
  • 00:19:33.120 --> 00:19:35.200
  • You finished the sentence. I didn't give you a sentence.
  • 00:19:35.210 --> 00:19:37.240
  • I said, 'Africa.'
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:39.070
  • I was gonna tell you to pray for Africa
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:40.270
  • but you went ahead and moved to Africa."
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:45.150
  • You know that's what Christian people do.
  • 00:19:45.160 --> 00:19:47.000
  • "The Lord told me 'Africa,'" and then you finish it.
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:48.150
  • You ain't heard all that.
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:50.040
  • You're, like, you hear all the sentences of God.
  • 00:19:50.050 --> 00:19:52.080
  • God don't even--we very rarely hear the whole thing.
  • 00:19:52.090 --> 00:19:56.270
  • Sometimes he drop in little clauses and phrases just to get
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:19:59.090
  • you kind of ready for some stuff, for the whole sentence.
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:04.020
  • You move before you get the complete sentence.
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:05.260
  • You're living off fragments, sentence fragments.
  • 00:20:05.270 --> 00:20:12.130
  • You're a single man and God show you this woman, give her name,
  • 00:20:12.140 --> 00:20:19.100
  • and you finish the sentence.
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:20.260
  • "That's my wife."
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:22.070
  • He didn't say that was your wife.
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:25.040
  • He didn't say that was your wife.
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:28.020
  • She don't even like nothing that you are.
  • 00:20:28.030 --> 00:20:31.140
  • You know, "God spoke to my heart.
  • 00:20:31.150 --> 00:20:33.100
  • He called your name. You supposed to be my wife."
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:35.140
  • She's like, "Oh, no." Now you've got rejected.
  • 00:20:35.150 --> 00:20:38.280
  • "Lord, what happened?"
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:40.110
  • He said, "I just wanted you to pray for her."
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:49.120
  • I'm preaching right now.
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:54.260
  • Some of y'all sitting around and you looking and your eyes fell
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:57.160
  • on somebody and you're, like...
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:04.100
  • "Pastor say we're gonna
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:06.270
  • get a word from God this mornin'."
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:12.090
  • All right, then you go, "[speaking in tongues]
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:15.050
  • I gotta show her I'm spiritual."
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:18.160
  • And now you standing up.
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:20.040
  • "Preach it, Reverend."
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:21.150
  • [speaking in tongues]
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:30.140
  • And we play more church games 'cause we don't know God.
  • 00:21:34.040 --> 00:21:39.240
  • We resort back to what we've seen in church 'cause
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:44.140
  • we don't know God.
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:46.150
  • We know about having church and we know some things about God
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:51.040
  • but we don't know God.
  • 00:21:51.050 --> 00:21:53.220
  • The art of practicing being alone with God, going to that
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:57.200
  • secret place, praying in tongues, singing in the Spirit,
  • 00:21:57.210 --> 00:22:01.270
  • reading your Scripture and pausing and saying,
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:04.150
  • "God, show me what this means.
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:06.140
  • Talk to me, Lord."
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:08.170
  • Listening to a tape of a message and just lying there in a secret
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:11.230
  • place and as you listen to the tape, you hear what you didn't
  • 00:22:11.240 --> 00:22:15.160
  • hear when you were there at the sermon.
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:17.080
  • That ever happened before?
  • 00:22:17.090 --> 00:22:18.250
  • You was there the whole sermon and then you went back
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:21.070
  • to YouTube or something and listened to it again.
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:23.060
  • You're, like, "I didn't hear that."
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:27.010
  • So the question goes back to are you satisfied with the amount of
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:33.200
  • time that you have been spending with the Father?
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:39.210
  • That's where it gets real.
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:42.130
  • Not about what you know, not how many Scriptures you memorize.
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:44.220
  • Are you satisfied with the amount of time that you have
  • 00:22:44.230 --> 00:22:48.250
  • been spending with the Father?
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:52.100
  • And if you will be honest and that answer be no, then you say,
  • 00:22:52.110 --> 00:22:57.180
  • "I wanna spend more time with him."
  • 00:22:57.190 --> 00:23:01.270
  • Somebody says, "Yeah, you--I get up every morning at 4 o'clock."
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:06.220
  • Great, but I like spending time with God at 3 in the afternoon.
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:14.130
  • Like you're more spiritual 'cause you get up early in the
  • 00:23:14.140 --> 00:23:16.100
  • morning and spend time.
  • 00:23:16.110 --> 00:23:18.040
  • Stop it.
  • 00:23:18.050 --> 00:23:22.040
  • How much time do you spend with the Holy Ghost?
  • 00:23:22.050 --> 00:23:26.250
  • Nunya.
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:30.050
  • Really, it's not.
  • 00:23:30.060 --> 00:23:31.170
  • I'm not giving you information for you to compare yourself
  • 00:23:31.180 --> 00:23:32.280
  • amongst yourself.
  • 00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:36.060
  • If you spend five minutes with the Holy Spirit, that's five
  • 00:23:36.070 --> 00:23:38.070
  • minutes more than what you ever been spending with him.
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  • And then because you want to, you can increase
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  • more time with him.
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  • Not because a rule is over spending time with God,
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  • but you do it because it becomes intimate.
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  • It becomes enjoyable.
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  • It becomes something that ministers to you as you
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  • minister to him.
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  • And don't do the time thing.
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  • announcer: Do you ever feel empty, confused, or not sure
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  • of what to do next?
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  • These may be signs of not spending enough time with God.
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  • Creflo: When you get alone with God and get away from the
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  • clutter of the world, he will begin to instruct you,
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  • renew you.
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  • He will begin to give even the expectation of what you need.
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  • But you got to learn how to enter into a rest and wait on
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  • God, amen?
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  • announcer: In this series by Creflo Dollar you will learn the
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  • importance of spending time in God's presence.
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  • Creflo: You ain't the weak little pathetic thing that you
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  • used to be.
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  • You've been hardened a little bit.
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  • And now you can send all your haters a Christmas card,
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  • thanking them for helping you to mature and to trust in God.
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  • Since I can't trust you, I can trust in a God who will never
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  • let me down.
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  • Personal relationship.
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  • announcer: Calling all men.
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  • Creflo: It's time for you to find out your place in
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  • the body of Christ.
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  • Gary Taylor: You are not gonna be satisfied until you do
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  • what he commissioned you to do.
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  • Michael Smith: I wanted to do right
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  • but couldn't, but now the Spirit of God lives in me,
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  • and he gives me power to do what I could
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  • not do on my own.
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  • I expect for me to grow in my grace.
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  • Kenneth Fuller: So when things come our way,
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  • when things come up against us, we know that
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  • we're coming through.
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  • announcer: See you there.
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  • Creflo: Hey, listen to me closely right now.
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  • God is not mad at you.
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  • He's not tallying up your sins and holding them against you.
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  • In fact, he loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to
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  • shed his blood on the cross and to die for you.
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  • That's how much God wants a relationship with you.
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  • He wants you to be set free from anything that has you bound and
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  • then spend eternity with him.
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  • So if you have not received Christ as your personal Lord and
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  • Savior, repeat this prayer after me: "Heavenly Father, I believe
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  • in Jesus, that he died on that cross, that he lives today.
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  • And I ask that you come into my life, save me.
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  • I give my heart to you now, in Jesus's name I am saved."
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  • If you prayed that prayer with me, I wanna welcome you
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  • to the family of God.
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  • Call the number on the screen, I've got something I wanna put
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • And welcome to the greatest gang on the planet.
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